Cibulkova defeats Hsieh in Melbourne

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Taipei Times
Date: Jan 20, 2017
By: AFP, Melbourne

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei exited the second round of the Australian Open yesterday as

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei returns to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in their Australian Open second-round women’s singles match in Melbourne yesterday. Photo: AP

diminutive Dominika Cibulkova kept her campaign on track as the sixth seed moved deeper into a tournament that has happy memories.

The 27-year-old Slovak, traveling under the radar, despite winning the WTA Finals in October last year, saw off Hsieh on Margaret Court Arena 6-4, 7-6 (10/8), winning on her fifth match point.

It set up a third-round clash against Russian 30th seed Ekaterina Makarova, who progressed after her opponent Sara Errani retired while losing 6-2, 3-2 with what appeared to be a leg injury.

If Cibulkova comes through that, dangerous ninth seed Johanna Konta or Caroline Wozniacki, a former world No. 1, could be next up.   [FULL  STORY]

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